Day one of beef broth trial went fantastic! She had it in her bottle with her almond milk, as well as separately like soup at the table. The best part? She loves it! No reflux symptoms, no visible FPIES reaction symptoms, and then we just had to wait for the poo to confirm.
Day two of beef broth trial was just as great. Ellie was chugging her bottles and had increased the amount to more than just her formula. I increased the amount of broth in her bottles to one ounce each time. She pooped, and all was fine!
Day three - lamb broth! Ellie at it, but reluctantly. She gave me a look as if to say 'seriously? what is this and where's the beef?' She didn't like it as much. Imagine that! Within 48 hours we went from massive panic because she could eat nothing, to beef broth and lamb broth, and her showing her first sign of not really liking the taste of something. Amazing! That afternoon I gave her another bottle of beef to not overdo the lamb.
Day four - FISH broth. BLECK! Thankfully my mom made this for me, because at this point I am not so sure I could handle fish heads floating around in water. Ellie liked this more than the lamb.
We were making great progress, and I needed to figure out where to go next. Another mom had communicated with the GAPs doc, and I received a little more guidance from what she forwarded to me. Next steps included getting a probiotic, beef liver, and a juicer. And things were looking amazingly good!
**note to the FPIES: Traditional recommendation for FPIES is to allow up to two weeks for the introduction of a new food and see if there is a build reaction. GAPs protocol says that if you rotate through you vary the nutrients and do not allow for the build to occur before the intestines begin the healing process. The food must be packed with nutrition and require no digestion (bone broth), because the intestines require an incredible amount of nutrition to heal and repair. According to Dr. Campbell, without this process (the patient) will react to ALL food (FPIES). At the moment, most North American allergists treat FPIES with aggressive food trials, similar to this process, but without training in nutrition or taking into consideration the digestive abilities of the food introduced. This makes sense since nutrition is not part of medical school in North America. Proof of this would be the separate degree required to be a nutritionist!